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UFC fighter arrested for family violence, pulled from upcoming event in Brazil

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Three-fight Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran, Michael Graves, was arrested in Atlanta, Ga., this past weekend for misdemeanor battery (family violence), according to Fulton County jail records (via MMAFighting.com). The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21 alum is reportedly still behind bars on $5,000 bail.

Graves -- who is coming off a majority draw opposite Bojan Velickovic at UFC 201 a few months ago -- was supposed to return to the Octagon against Sergio Moraes at UFC Fight Night 100 inside Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 19, 2016; however, the American Top Team (ATT)-trained fighter has been pulled from the contest because of his recent brush with the law.

UFC issued the following statement:

"The UFC organization is aware that Michael Graves was arrested over the weekend on a misdemeanor battery charge. The organization takes this situation seriously and is in the process of gathering more information. Graves has been removed from his scheduled bout on Nov. 19 as a result of the pending legal matter."

Graves lost to eventual TUF 21 winner, Kamaru Usman, via majority decision in his first fight on the FOX Sports 1-televised mixed martial arts (MMA) "reality" show. He would then win his first two official fights inside the Octagon, decisioning Vicente Luque at TUF 21 Finale and then submitting Randy Brown via rear-naked choke at UFC on FOX 19 earlier this year.